Despite Governor J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 lockdown orders in Illinois, abortion facilities have largely continued operations, leaving an opportunity for injuries to occur. The Planned Parenthood center in Aurora is one of the facilities still in operation, and according to 911 records given to Operation Rescue by the Pro-Life Action League, a woman was injured there. The facility was reportedly overcrowded with people, far beyond the recommended social distancing guidelines, and on the same day, an ambulance had to be called after a botched surgical abortion.
The woman is said to have suffered excessive bleeding after undergoing an abortion procedure at the Planned Parenthood facility on April 22 and required emergency transport to Rush Copley Medical Center. Ironically, the medical center has been forced to halt elective surgeries due to COVID-19, yet Planned Parenthood has been allowed to continue abortions.
“It’s irrational that the hospital was barred from conducting elective surgical procedures, while abortion facilities are allowed to do elective surgical abortions without so much as a limit on the number of people in the facility,” said Operation Rescue president Troy Newman. “Abortion facilities are treated as if they are more important than hospitals or anything else. Businesses and churches were forced to close, but abortion facilities remain open with the blessing of Democrat Gov. Pritzker.”
Illinois has continued to place restrictions on essential gatherings, only permitting 10 people or less to occupy a single space. All non-essential gatherings have been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 guidelines. Rush Copley Medical Center has had to comply with these regulations. Along with suspending elective procedures, the hospital has placed restrictions on the number of people who are allowed to gather in particular areas of the facility at the same time.
Planned Parenthood does not appear to be operating under the same standards. On the day of the emergency, their center in Aurora had at least 20 people inside, which is far beyond the current legal limit for gatherings in the state of Illinois. While the Planned Parenthood staff member who called 911 after the patient began hemorrhaging confirmed the facility was screening for COVID-19 symptoms, the staff member did not indicate what precautions were being taken against the asymptomatic spread of the virus.
“This shows that abortions at Planned Parenthood are the most important thing there is in Illinois right now. If the lockdowns were really about saving lives, Planned Parenthood would have been one of the first businesses forced to close,” Newman stated.
The Planned Parenthood in Aurora is no stranger to emergencies. In numerous cases, ambulances have been called for patients suffering from excessive bleeding after an abortion. It seems fitting for this center to be breaking current COVID-19 laws, as it was constructed under false pretenses, at the expense of taxpayer dollars.
In addition, a new Planned Parenthood center opened in Illinois this week, while state citizens remain under stay-at-home orders until at least May 30.
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